Max Aarons showed against Barnsley on Saturday what sort of player Marcel Brands can add in the January transfer window should Everton look to sign the Norwich City full-back.
According to TEAMtalk, the Toffees are one of the 20-year-old’s biggest admirers ahead of the winter market, having seemingly decided that now is the perfect time to find the long-term successor for Seamus Coleman.
Carlo Ancelotti is keen to secure his future right-back well before Coleman’s contract expires in 2022 and could look to tap into Everton’s array of scouting reports on Aarons, as the Goodison Park natives have monitored the Canaries’ up-and-coming talents for the past two years.
Norwich fended off interest in Aarons from FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the summer, with the powerhouse duo both recognising the London-born talent as one of the best young full-backs in Europe.
Manchester United are also eying Aarons in the January sales after failing to seal a deal in the off-season, but face paying close to £20m for the defender Daniel Farke has called on to start all 23 Championship fixtures since Norwich’s return to the second-tier.
Farke is a vivid advocate of Aaron’s abilities and believes the full-back, who Ronald Koeman is a keen admirer of, is only just getting started.
“Max is outstanding in many topics. I can’t praise him enough for what he has done since his first appearance,” said Farke, via quotes by the Pink Un. “When you have the clubs interested in him who were interested, it is easy to lose the ground under the feet.
“Maybe you think you know everything about football. He is always looking to work harder. Never ill, never injured. If the best clubs in the world are interested, then maybe there is not that much more space to improve.”
Aarons had a mixed day as Norwich edged a 1-0 win over Barnsley on Saturday to stay four points clear of Swansea City in first place, as he perfectly teed up Todd Cantwell for a volley in the first-half that the midfielder blazed over but he also came close to costing his side the win.
The £5,000-per-week prospect misjudged the flight of a late diagonal ball forward that gifted Michal Helik space to snatch a point, only for the Tykes defender to fluff his lines and divert a low cross wide from close range at the back post.
Aarons frequently lost possession, too, with the 20-year-old turning the ball over 25 times, while misplacing 17 of his 46 passes, failing to find a teammate with one of two crosses, losing five of seven ground duels and one of three aerial contests, per SofaScore.
He was additionally dribbled past once, failed to register a single successful tackle and lost in three of four attempted dribbles, but stood up to record 75 touches, two interceptions, a clearance and play a key ball.
Ancelotti would see Aarons’ display against Barnsley as the player work in progress, with plenty of positives but also more than a few negatives, in his search of Coleman’s eventual successor.
AND in other news: Marcel Brands must axe a total dud costing Everton £600k-a-game.